Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

JTA to partner with FSCJ to expand autonomous vehicle program

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) President Dr. John Avendano officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the JTA’s autonomous vehicle Test & Learn program on FSCJ’s Cecil Center Campus.  The expansion includes the use of FSCJ’s Commercial Drivers’ License Test […]

Dwellers spruce up Riverwalk on North and South Banks

Dwellers spruce up Riverwalk on North and South Banks

Led by members of the Downtown Dwellers, 904 Happy Hour and Downtown Vision, Inc., more than 200 residents turned out to put a little spit and polish on the Riverwalk that runs near their homes by hauling away more than 165 bags of trash during a massive clean-up effort Oct. 10. Participants of all ages […]

Residents raise concern, seek city assistance for flood water mitigation

Residents raise concern, seek city assistance for flood water mitigation

Although Craig McColskey and his wife, Flo, live a few blocks away from the river, they often joke that they have “waterfront” property.  The couple along with nine of their neighbors who live in homes lining the west side of Palmer Avenue are encountering severe sunny day flooding from a drainage pipe or trench that […]

RAP, residents express concern about plans to narrow Willow Branch Creek

RAP, residents express concern about plans to narrow Willow Branch Creek

Construction of a bulkhead along the banks of Willow Branch Creek between St. John’s Avenue and Riverside Avenue is underway and neighborhood observers and members of Riverside Avondale Preservation have been startled to see the creek was to be made narrower than they envisioned. As it is currently being installed, the city’s project to restore […]

FWC to revive legislation to regulate overnight anchoring in Ortega River

Riverfront Ortega homeowners and local boaters who desired a law be drawn up prohibiting vessels from anchoring overnight in the Ortega River should not give up hope.  Although the bill – HB 417 – introduced by State Representative Wyman Duggan died on the vine during the last legislative session, which ended in March, there is […]

Iconic mural bites dust in bank demolition

Iconic mural bites dust in bank demolition

Murray Hill’s sprawling “Calvin and Hobbes” mural that was painted by Jerkface, a famous New York streetscape artist, was demolished along with the Bank of America Building 840 Edgewood Avenue South in early September. The building’s playful cartoonish mural stretched along the southern side of the former Bank of America branch facing Kerle Street. The […]

Ortega Park subcontractors fined for stormwater violations

Ortega Park subcontractors fined for stormwater violations

After six repeated violations of best management practices that would prevent sediment from flowing into the Ortega River, two subcontractors for Dewberry Group, the owner and developer of Ortega Park Mall on Roosevelt Boulevard, entered into a “Consent Order” with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Aug. 3. Marietta Sand Corporation and RLH Construction LLC, […]

COVID sparks dramatic uptick in residential market

COVID sparks dramatic uptick in residential market

The residential real estate market in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods is sizzling hot, and believe it or not, much of this is due to COVID-19. Although there is no question that the Coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted many businesses on the First Coast, the opposite has been true of the housing market, according to many local […]